Friday high school football is off and running; DP vs. Bishop Moore is canceled

Buddy Collings and Chris Hays, Orlando Sentinel

Friday night high school football started early on Friday night. DeLand’s home game against perennial power St. Thomas Aquinas of Fort Lauderdale kicked off at 6 p.m. at Spec Martin Stadium.

Aquinas (1-1), which was ranked No. 3 nationally before losing to Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons last week, jumped out to a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter.

DeLand (2-1) got on the scoreboard with a 40-yard TD pass from Aaron Manning to Charles Bradley. Aquinas answered with Anthony Hankerson’s third rushing TD of the night for a 28-7 lead the Raiders took into the halftime break.

Jones (5-0), the No. 1 ranked team in the Sentinel Super 16 area rankings, traveled to South Florida to play three-time defending 3A state champ Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna (4-1). Four plays into that game a lightning delay was activated so they are in a holding pattern.

No. 2 Seminole (6-0) is playing at Orange City University (3-2).

Other Friday 7 p.m. starts include Tavares (3-2) at No. 7 Lake Minneola (4-1), and Oviedo (3-3) at Hagerty (4-2).

No. 16 Wekiva (2-3) plays at Lakeland (3-2) in a game set for 7:30.

Most of the Orange County Public School teams played on Thursday night with school out on Friday.

No. 5 Kissimmee Osceola (5-1) struggled to separate itself from Lake Nona (3-3) until the second half of a 34-7 road win on Thursday. It was 7-7 at halftime before the Kowboys rolled up 331 offensive yards on just five second-half possessions.

“I’m not sure what it is, but we have to do a better job of getting our players ready at the start of a game,” Osceola coach Doug Nichols said. “As we get into the playoffs we are going to have to avoid the slow starts.”

DP-Bishop Moore canceled: No. 3 Dr. Phillips improved to 5-1 with a 37-0 win against Oak Ridge on Thursday night and that looks like it could be the last time the Panthers play in the regular season.

DP coach Rodney Wells told the Sentinel on Friday that his team’s home game against Bishop Moore scheduled for next week is canceled due to the Hornets' COVID-19 issue that popped up Wednesday.

Wells said DP is looking for a new opponent but will shut that plan down if they are not able to pick up a Week 10 game by Tuesday.

Dr. Phillips opens the Class 8A playoffs in two weeks with a long trip to face highly-rated Miami Palmetto.

“Normally I would’ve said it’s a good thing to have a week off going into the playoffs, but with only playing six games we really needed to play one against a quality opponent like Bishop Moore,” Wells said.

Bishop Moore school officials announced on Wednesday afternoon that its varsity and JV football teams are quarantined “due to a positive COVID-19 test”. That forced cancellation of this week’s Bishop Moore at Edgewater game and next week’s Bishop Moore at DP game.

The Hornets are scheduled to play a Nov. 13 Class 5A playoff game on the road against Brooksville Nature Coast, which was 5-0 going into its Friday night game.

Week 9 scores

Rankings from Sentinel Super 16

Thursday Oct. 29

No. 3 Dr. Phillips 37, Oak Ridge 0

No. 5 Kissimmee Osceola 34, Lake Nona 7

No. 8 Winter Park 27, No. 6 Timber Creek 10

No. 10 Boone 41, Windermere 0

No. 13 Lake Brantley 55, Evans 26

No. 14 West Orange 31, Ocoee 0

Freedom 27, Cypress Creek 0

Olympia 36, East Ridge 30

Colonial 28, University (Orlando) 12

Friday, Oct. 30

No. 1 Jones at Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood), 7

No. 2 Seminole at University (Orange City), 7

Tavares at No. 7 Lake Minneola, 7

St. Thomas Aquinas at No. 9 DeLand, 6

No. 11 Apopka at No. 15 Lake Mary, 7

No. 16 Wekiva at Lakeland, 7

Faith Christian at Bradenton Christian, 7

Tohopekaliga at Celebration, 7

Orlando Christian Prep at Tampa Cambridge Christian, 7

Leesburg at Eustis 7

Cornerstone Charter at Father Lopez (Daytona Beach), 7

Windermere Prep at The First Academy, 7

West Oaks Academy at Foundation Academy, 7

Oviedo at Hagerty, 7

New Smyrna Beach at Harmony, 7

Lyman at Lake Howell, 7

Trinity Prep at Lake Highland Prep, 7

St. Edward’s at Legacy Charter, 7

Umatilla at Pierson Taylor, 7

Poinciana at Liberty, 7

South Lake at Mount Dora, 7

Berean Christian at Mount Dora Christian, 7:30

St. Cloud at Victory Christian, 7

Orangewood at Deltona Trinity Christian, 7

East River at Winter Springs, 7

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